The Scenic Route

Current mapping programs seek out the shortest route, either by time (accounting for traffic and speed limits) or distance. Why are these the only options though?

Unless I’m on a strict schedule, I would rather my drive take an extra few minutes, but avoid as much traffic as possible. This makes the drive much more enjoyable.

Additionally, what if I could say I had a certain amount of time and the program would find a route, with back roads, to fill that time, helping me find a scenic route? This would be great for road trips.

Shortest time and distance routing feels like it’s well polished at this point. I would love to see mapping applications experiment with other routing goals to help make our drives more enjoyable and memorable.